It’s the great pumpkin contest at Thanksgiving Point

Posted at 9:18 PM, Sep 29, 2012

LEHI, Utah - The Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers Association held their annual pumpkin weigh-off at Thanksgiving Point on Saturday.

Weber County resident Tyler Quigley got involved with the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers Association three years ago, and this year is his largest pumpkin harvest to date.

Quigley planted a hand-polenated seed inside a pot inside his home this April. When the leaves grew, they were transplanted outside and began to grow to enormous sizes over a course of about three months.

"This plant here is covering over 1000 square feet," said Quigley. "During the peak growing season, these pumpkins will put on up to four pounds a day."

To make his pumpkins grow to enormous sizes, Quigley feeds them fish, seaweed and other chemicals, plus an hour of water each day.

That hard work equaled a total of 1,454 pounds which was enough to take home the grand prize at this year's weigh-off.